Jenny Hval

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“Female Vampire” music video from Jenny Hval + album release date: Sep 30th

Norwegian musician and creative queen of pushing the boundaries that lie between the abstract, bizarre and beautiful, has released a head-turning music video for her single, “Female Vampire.” In slow motion, several beautiful women move through the Norwegian city of Oslo, partaking in strange rituals, all in the night hours. It is stunning and simultaneously frightening in a modern vampiric sense. About the video, Hval says:

What does eternity feel like? How do you ‘live’ when there is no death? Usually, the vampire is depicted as a lonesome, all-knowing and ancient creature combining violence, aggressive sexuality and deceitful youth. The pack behind the video for ‘Female Vampire’ wanted to explore vampiric eternity in a different narrative: in a group of romancing friends. The vampire friends move through their hometown of Oslo, partaking in public and private rituals of moving together. We also wanted to combine ideas from old vampire trash movies and modern trashy iPhone videos, resulting in an enigmatic world of time-lapse like slow motion where everything is always moving, or moving on. Not there, or not there yet.”

 

Hval’s newest record, Blood Bitch, is out September 30th on Sacred Bones. Her tour continues with a few festival dates and a tour in support of Blood Bitch beginning September 29th:

Fri. Aug. 5 – Katowice, PL @ Off Festival
Sun. Sep. 4 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road
Wed. Sep. 14 – Oslo, NO @ Ultima Festival
Thu. Sep. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Fri. Sep. 30 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tue. Oct. 4 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Wed. Oct. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo
Fri. Oct. 7 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Sat. Oct. 8 – Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
Sun. Oct. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Mon. Oct. 17 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Tue. Oct. 18 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Wed. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ Oslo
Fri. Oct. 21 – Brussels, BE @ AB
Sat. Oct. 22 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Mon. Oct. 24 – Luzern, CH @ Suedpol
Wed. Oct. 26 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
Thu. Oct. 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ De School
Fri. Oct. 28 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
Sat. Oct. 29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Jazzhouse
Fri. Nov. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
Sat. Nov. 12 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
Mon. Nov. 14 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
Tue. Nov. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Kremwerk
Wed. Nov. 16 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

 

New single and album announcement from Jenny Hval: “Female Vampire”

Norwegian sound-maker, Jenny Hval, is not one to leave her listener’s bored or thoughtless. Her creations are deep, complex and layered and within these layers, lies Hval herself. As a musician she puts so much of herself into her music, not caring what others may think, irregardless of what judgement may pass over what intimate part of herself she shares. This is what makes her outlandish interpretation of music so beautiful.

Hval has just announced the release of a new record that’s due to come out on September 30th via Sacred Bones. The record, titled Blood Bitch, is shaping up to be a masterpiece wildly different than her previous releases. According to Hval, Blood Bitch is a reflection of both truth and fiction in her life and is her most personal record to date. Hval had this to say about Blood Bitch:

“Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood. Blood that is shed naturally. The purest and most powerful, yet most trivial, and most terrifying blood: Menstruation. The white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers….It’s an album of vampires, lunar cycles, sticky choruses, and the smell of warm leaves and winter.”

As a taste of what Hval will be dishing out on her upcoming release, she has given us the single, “Female Vampire”, a smooth and haunting electronic track:

 

You can pre-order Blood Bitch via Bandcamp and catch Hval touring this summer and fall:

Fri. June 3 – Duedingen, CH @ Kilbi Festival
Sat. June 4 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Fest
Sat. July 16 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival
Fri. Aug. 5 – Katowice, PL @ Off Festival
Sun. Sep. 1-4 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road
Wed. Sep. 14 – Oslo, NO @ Ultima Festival
Fri. Sep. 30 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Mon. Oct. 17 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Tue. Oct. 18 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Wed. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ Oslo
Fri. Oct. 21 – Brussels, BE @ AB
Sat. Oct. 22 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Mon. Oct. 24 – Luzern, CH @ Suedpol
Wed. Oct. 26 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
Thu. Oct. 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ De School
Fri. Oct. 28 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
Sat. Oct. 29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Jazzhouse
Fri. Nov. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident

Exciting new collaboration: Jenny Hval, Kim Myhr and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

Kim Myhr, a known Norwegian composer and guitarist, has collaborated with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in the past and this go around, invited fellow Norwegian musician, Jenny Hval to join. The idea of this upcoming record stemmed from a conversation Hval and Myhr had about Bob Dylan’s voice. The album is titled In the End His Voice Will Be the Sound of Paper and features the eclectic musical offerings of all three contributing parties.

“Mass” is the first taste of the record. It highlights Hval’s airy but powerful voice, Myhr on guitar and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra add depth and dimension. In the End will be out on April 8th on HUBRO/Forced Exposure.

 

Thought-provoking music video for a thought-provoking song: “Take Care of Yourself” by Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval of Norway just released her third record earlier this summer, Apocalypse girl, on Sacred Bones. I reviewed briefly here when it was released. Only a few days ago, she released the official music video for the track, “Take Care of Yourself”, off of Apocalypse girl.

Watch it below:

This video was filmed at Stage 48 in New York City when Hval was opening for Perfume Genius, another favorite of Music For Lunch. Jenny describes the video as:

“Show was in a dance club. Huge wrecking/disco ball threatening to demolish the stage. Audience was well lit, looking at each other. Intimacy and performance team’s lipstick evenly distributed. I sang into a plastic flower, or an imaginary plastic flower.”

I have yet to see Hval live but the unique environment she creates when performing does nothing but intrigue. You can find her in these various locations, with occasional performances with another MFL favorite, Briana Marela.

Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter #
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl #
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain #
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy #
Tue. Oct. 27 – Malmö, SE @ Inkonst
Wed. Oct. 28 – Stockholm, SE @ Kägelbanan
Sun. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbühne
Thu. Nov. 5 – Glasgow UK @The Hug & Pint
Sat. Nov. 7 – Leeds UK Brudenell Social Club
Sun. Nov. 8 – Manchester UK @ Soup Kitchen
Mon. Nov. 9 – Bristol UK @ The Lantern
Wed. Nov. 11 – London UK @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Thu. Nov. 12 – Gent, BE @ Charlatan
Fri. Nov. 13 – Den Haag, NL @ Crossing Border Festival
Sat. Nov. 14 – Barcelona, ES @ Sidecar
Sun. Nov. 15 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro del Arte

# with Briana Marela

Out today: Norway’s Jenny Hval releases her newest full length.

I’ll start with this:

Apocalypse, girl, Hval’s latest work, is out today,June 9th, on Sacred Bones. Pensive, unpredictable, unsettling, real. Apocalypse, girl leads you places you may never take yourself both sonically and thoughtfully. “Heaven” is my favorite track off the record:

This is her fifth album and the idea sparked from an interview she had with Lass Marhaug which lead to him producing this very record. An incredible team of musicians convened for Apocalypse, girl, including Håvard Volden,  Kyrre Laastad, Okkyung Lee, Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist/Puma), Rhodri Davis and Thor Harris (Swans).

Sharp harmonies, spoken word and sounds only she could come up with are scattered throughout this work. My favorite aspect of this record is that right when I think I have it figured out, I don’t. She’s constantly surprising me. For my last and final example, “Holy Land” the closing track of the record. It’s a 10 minute piece. Listen without expectations because they will fail you:

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Photos credit: Jenny Berger Myhre, courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR